Italian Steak and Potatoes

I’m really good at using the items I have on-hand to whip up something delicious. After all, that’s how I learned to cook. Growing up as the blessed daughter of two gourmet food brokers, we didn’t have much money, but we did have access to some of the best foods on earth. A weekday evening…

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Old Fashioned Meat Loaf

Growing up, Mom did most of the cooking. However, I do remember a few meals, specifically, Dad pulled together on special nights, when it was just the three of us: me, my older sis, and Dad – Shorty, Lovebug, and Dad. Great memories those evenings supplied. In my mind, Dad is famous for cooking two…

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Pickled Avocado

We like pickles in our house. Pickled cucumbers. Pickled okra. Pickled Brussels sprouts. Pickled seeds… …and we also really love avocado. Let’s marry the two, shall we? Creamy and sweet avocado and tangy hot mustard pickle brine – yum-my!

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Balsamic Blue Cheese Carrot Burgers

It’s burger season again! Well, isn’t is always burger season? Let’s just say it’s time to pull out the BBQ grill. It’s also always the season for blue cheese in our house. NOT for me, but for my hubby. I can’t stand the stinky stuff, but he adores it. So, these burgers are for him.

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Grapefruit Fennel Mint Scallops

For years and years I never ate scallops, or any shellfish for that matter. It was a texture thing for me. However, now that I’ve jumped into the sea of fresh seafood (which is difficult, I might add, in a landlocked state), I often explore. Scallops have been one of those things that I’ve enjoyed…

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Sesame Date Horseradish Chicken

I was presented with yet another challenge in the kitchen involving horseradish. The spicy root is one of those things that can be quite tricky, unless you’re using the creamy store-bought “prepared” version for your roast beef sammie or prime rib meal. I wanted something just a tad bit more gourmet than that, and much…

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North Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork

When presented with the opportunity to nosh on some North Carolina BBQ standing at the foot of a food truck, I almost passed it up. It wasn’t until he said, “this is good.” “This is really good,” that I chose to partake. It may seem strange, but this man was a magician, and a bit…

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Grapefruit Cabbage Globes with Basil & Cilantro

I know, I know. The photos display these little orbs not to be full “globes,” per se, but more like mounds, or half-moons. But the full circle just falls so much more easily off the tongue – And I couldn’t help but share these elegant snack-sized bites after devouring the dish myself. Winter is still…

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